Shooting From A Rest
Caldwell Shooting Rest
When you have purchased a new rifle, added a new scope to one or are trying to determine the best bullet for your rifle, what is one of the most important factors in this equation? For those of you that are thinking, holding the gun perfectly still while shooting, are correct.
When I shoot to test a rifle, load, or new scope, I always place my hand gun or long gun on a rest while performing the test. The reason for this is to be sure you are holding the gun as still as you can.
I hear a lot of people say, I don't need a rest to shoot straight and most of them are correct and in the woods while hunting how many of us have any more than a tree branch or shooting rest to support our guns.
When you are trying to determine how accurate the gun, scope or new bullet load is, you want to have that gun almost locked in to a steady position.
This part of your shooting IS NOT A COMPETITION TO SEE HOW GOOD YOU SHOT, so using a rest is okay.
You are trying to see how close your bullet gets to the place on the target where the cross hairs are pointing and we all know, if we move the gun on our end just a hair, the bullet placement on the other end can be off a bunch.
This is why I will only test new loads or sight in my loads whit my guns resting on a Caldwell rest. Caldwell has many rest, from handgun rest to the all and mighty Lead Sled.
For my Handgun testing I like the Caldwell Handy Rest NXT. This rest allows you to hold your handgun very still and keep the sights held tight on the target. I have had one of these for a good many years and it still works like the day it was new. I rate this product a 5 out of 5 as far as ease of use, durable and quality of product.
Now think about this the next time you are working out a new bullet load or you have purchased a new rifle and you are trying to see what factory load shoots best in it.
You have your cross hairs on the target and as you squeeze the trigger, the end of the barrel moves 1/8 of an inch from where you had the cross hairs on the target. This little movement has made your bullet hit the target as much as several inches from where you thought it should depending how far down range your target is placed. If this happens, how can you get an accurate reading of this guns accuracy? This is why I think it is so important to use a rest when I test different bullet loads, either be it factory ammo or my hand loads. If you are shooting without a rest and getting groups of several inches, how are you going to be able to determine which bullet is the right one for that gun. On the other hand if you are using a rest, there will be no doubt in your mind that you are holding the gun steady. Caldwell has several long gun rest from rest bags to the new Fire Control Full Length Rest.
When I head to the range as I often do with a big bunch of hand loads in search of the perfect bullet for my newest gun, it is not uncommon for me to shoot 150 plus rounds at a sitting. Now how many of you would like to shoot that many rounds though a 30-06 without some sort of protection for your shoulder. After this kind of day, your shoulder would be like mush the next day as mine was once, prior to my best friend a the range, my Lead Sled. This shooting rest is without a doubt for the money the best purchase you can buy if you shoot a lot from a bench. You can shoot BIG BULLETS all day with little to no felt recoil. It can soften the recoil of a .308 so you think you are shooting a .22. My Lead Sled has had thousands of rounds of use and is still like it was new. I Rate the Lead Sled a 5+ out of 5. Goto this site to see these products and a great video on the Lead Sled.
I recently acquired a new rest made by Caldwell and it is kind of neat as to the way you can adjust it when sighting in a long gun. I has kind of a JOY STICK that allows you to fine tune your adjustment when you have your gun on it and you are over the gun looking down the sights at the target. This is neat because you can place you gun on it, make rough adjustments to get the sights close then get over the gun and fine tune your sights onto the target. To date, I have shot about 80 rounds using this rest and it does just like the ad states. It is easy to use and I highly recommend this rest. You can goto this link to see a short video on how this rest works.